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Pennsylvania County Puts Contractors Back to Work

Pennsylvania County Puts Contractors Back to Work

Danielle Sass Byrnett

Fayette County, Pennsylvania, may have a high unemployment rate, but it is using this challenge as an opportunity to improve homes and the local economy with energy efficiency upgrades. As a Better Buildings Neighborhood Program partner, the Fayette County Better Buildings Initiative has two primary goals—complete more than 1,000 residential energy efficiency upgrades and transition under- and unemployed citizens to energy efficiency jobs. [continue reading]

Vermont Contractor Program Turns It Up when Temperatures Drop

Vermont Contractor Program Turns It Up when Temperatures Drop

Danielle Sass Byrnett

In an area of the country where cold weather dominates for more than half the year, one program knows how to turn up the heat to help contractors manage the influx of customers looking to improve their comfort and energy efficiency over the winter. [continue reading]

Sales Training Helps Maine Contractors Close the Deal

Sales Training Helps Maine Contractors Close the Deal

Danielle Sass Byrnett

Contractors are the most important point of contact for a homeowner during the energy efficiency upgrade process. In most markets, they not only need building science skills, but also an ability to sell program options to homeowners. To equip its contractors with the skills necessary to close the sale, Better Buildings Neighborhood Program partner Efficiency Maine offered a sales training to its contractor base with significant results. [continue reading]

Contractor Engagement Is Key to Oregon Energy Efficiency Program's Success

Contractor Engagement Is Key to Oregon Energy Efficiency Program's Success

Danielle Sass Byrnett

Early in its development, Clean Energy Works Oregon (CEWO) knew that actively engaging contractors was critical to the program’s success. CEWO started its program by holding regular contractor meetings, but they were in the evenings; didn’t always have agendas; and the people needed to make decisions weren’t always in attendance. Staff revised their approach to meet with a rotating group of contractors every two weeks and at a time ... [continue reading]

10 New Year's Resolutions to Keep the Customers Coming

10 New Year's Resolutions to Keep the Customers Coming

Danielle Sass Byrnett

As the clock counts down to 2014, you might be thinking about ways to generate more business in the new year. The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's)Better Buildings Neighborhood Program partners have learned that word of mouth is one of the strongest communication channels to drive demand for energy efficiency upgrades. If you’re interested in upgrading your marketing approach, you might want to consider a new year’s resolution or two ... [continue reading]

Equipment Lease Program Lowers Hurdles for Cincinnati Contractors

Equipment Lease Program Lowers Hurdles for Cincinnati Contractors

Danielle Sass Byrnett

The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance (GCEA)—a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Neighborhood Program partner—has a successful equipment lease program that provides local contractors with access to the tools they need to expand their services into home performance without requiring a major upfront investment. [continue reading]

Better Buildings Neighborhood Program Partners Upgrade 100,000 Buildings, Save Homeowners and Businesses $730 Million on Energy Bills

Better Buildings Neighborhood Program Partners Upgrade 100,000 Buildings, Save Homeowners and Businesses $730 Million on Energy Bills

Danielle Sass Byrnett

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced this week that, through the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program, more than 40 state and local governments have supported thousands of professionals upgrading more than 100,000 homes and other buildings through its Better Buildings Neighborhood Program. These upgrades will save families and businesses more than $730 million in estimated lifetime energy savings on utility bills. What’s more, everything program partners learned about program design, marketing and outreach, financing, workforce ... [continue reading]

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Gauging "Readiness" Helps Make a Clean Sweep in Michigan Communities

Danielle Sass Byrnett

Ever wish you had a crystal ball to tell you which neighborhoods would make the best market for your energy efficiency offerings? One Michigan residential energy upgrade program may not be able to tell the future, but it helped contractors come in and sweep neighborhoods with the most potential for upgrade business. [continue reading]

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